Back at USC, Robey-Coleman is remembered as, well, Robey-Coleman.
“He isn’t afraid to run his mouth, that is for sure,” said Brian Odle, who covered the Trojans when Robey-Coleman, only 5-8, 180, and known then as Nickell Robey, was on campus. “He is a dynamic player and can be, at times, equally dynamic as a person.”
Robey-Coleman, from Frostproof, Fla., was recruited/signed by Lane Kiffin. He was an undrafted FA and began his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills in 2013. He signed a one-year contract with the Rams before the 2017 season, and then earned a three-year, $16.75-million extension, with $8 million guaranteed.
Just in case you missed it, Robey-Coleman was the beneficiary of the greatest “blown call” in NFL history (yet another Trojan makes unbeatable Americana football history) when the officials failed to call him for targeting and pass interference late in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints. The no-call propelled L.A. to the Super Bowl, where things didn’t work out so well against the New England Patriots.
“Hey, they didn’t call it so it’s all good,” said Robey-Coleman. “There are a lot of plays like that in football. The refs just missed it.”
Before her son arrived at USC as a freshman cornerback in 2010, Nickell Robey-Coleman’s mother, Maxine, made him vow that no matter what happened in his football career, he would earn a college degree. Two weeks after her son signed with the Trojans, Maxine died of heart failure at age 44.
Promise fulfilled. Robey-Coleman finished coursework for his USC degree in policy, planning and development, with an emphasis in real estate development.